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Insight: Pension Changes / Capitol Chat / "The Reunion" / Birds of Chicago

Published September 14, 2012

Pension Changes - Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law historic pension changes this week. The latest move is the largest rollback of public employee pensions ever and is projected to save California taxpayers billions of dollars and improve the state's credit rating. Critics of the changes say they go too far or not far enough. Supporters say it's a step in the right direction. And a lot of Californians are still unsure what to think. We'll speak with Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Marty Morgenstern, who worked closely on the new law. Plus, we'll hear the perspective of workers represented by public employee unions and pension reform advocates. And we'll hear from a critic who doesn't think the changes go far enough.

Capitol Chat - Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters joins us for this week's Capitol Chat to discuss pension reform, the power of public employee labor unions and more.

"The Reunion" - An original play written and produced by a Carmichael man is premiering this Friday at the Geery Theater in Sacramento. "The Reunion" is centered around the unresolved issues of four classmates attending their twenty-year high school reunion. Written and produced by Alan Truax, the play is a complete local effort, featuring actors Amanda Goldrick, Danniel Sattle, Cynthia Speaksman, Victoria Goldblatt, Michael Coleman, Melina Del Buono and Eddie Madrigal.

Birds of Chicago - Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. They will perform this weekend at the American River Music Festival in Coloma. We'll talk with them about their music and we'll hear a song recorded live in our studios.

Date 2012-09-14


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